Criminal charges are often brought because of conduct that occurs during the course of the government’s investigation of other crimes. It is easy for someone who is a mere witness in a federal criminal case to become a target or a subject, if the government feels that the witness has not been truthful. In federal court, perjury and obstruction of justice are often charged together. Some of the most common federal statutes are 18 U.S.C. Section 1001 (false statement to law enforcement agent); 18 U.S.C. Section 1512 (tampering with a witness, victim or informant); and 18 U.S.C. Section 1623 (perjury).
There are many defenses to perjury and obstruction charges, which can be difficult for the government to prove. Levin & Curlett has significant experience with cases involving perjury and obstruction of justice and can use that experience to analyze and defend cases against its clients. Moreover, when the firm is retained to represent individuals who are subjects and witnesses in criminal investigations, the firm can use its experience in perjury and obstruction cases to help clients, at the front end, avoid becoming the target or subject of such an investigation.